May is bicycle month, not to be confused with “Bicycle Day” which is celebrated on April 19th. On that day, Albert Hofmann (the inventor of LSD) ingested 250 micrograms of the drug attempting to find how much would f*ck him up. Considering that today’s general knowledge dictates that only 20 micrograms are needed, ‘The Hof’ started bugging out. Wartime restrictions prohibited the use of vehicles so Albert was forced to ride a bicycle on what will go down in history as the most holy-sh!t journey ever made. Below are 20 famous LSD users that followed in his bike treads.
1. Ray Charles
LSD was most definitely on his mind. Charles experimented with the drug throughout his career and still managed to record some of the greatest records in the history of music. LSD made the blind man see. Sure his marriage may have dissolved and his health deteriorated, but Charles will go down as one of the greatest musicians of all time. It do what it do, baby.
2. Eric Clapton
How did Clapton pick those guitar strings so effortlessly? How did he tour so tirelessly? LSD. Clapton was feeling “wonderful” every night throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s thanks to the potent drug.
3. Chris Farley
What drug wasn’t Chris Farley on? Known for his hilarious SNL skits, roles in Black Sheep, Tommy Boy and Beverly Hills Ninja, Farley also made a name for himself off the screen. He partied hard and dabbled in the drug on plenty of occasions. Too many it seems.
4. Fat Boy Slim
You can probably fit about 8 Fat Boy Slims in Chris Farley’s body. Slim is a noted drug user and if you’ve heard his music or seen his videos (Christopher Walken), LSD is definitely a common denominator in his life. Thanks God. If not for the drug, Slim would probably be a skinny loser.
5. Doc Ellis
How hard is it to pitch a no-hitter in a major league baseball game? How about while on LSD? That’s what Doc did back in the early 70s to the San Diego Padres. Watch him retell that story here. Seriously, watch it – the video and story are incredible. Granted the no-no was against the Padres, but still Doc performed one of the rarest feats in sports completely high. Doc claimed he couldn’t even see the catcher at some points during his dominating run. Here’s to performance enhancing drugs!
6. Jerry Garcia
Who knew? Everybody. Garcia had more drugs in his house than a CVS Pharmacy. He still created some of the greatest hits of his era and his floetry was poetry. Today, Jerry and LSD go together like well.. Jerry and LSD.
“Nobody stopped thinking about those psychedelic experiences. Once you’ve been to some of those places, you think, ‘How can I get back there again but make it a little easier on myself?’”
—Quoted in Rolling Stone, November 30, 1989
7. Bill Hicks
“Always that same LSD story, you’ve all seen it. ‘Young man on acid, thought he could fly, jumped out of a building. What a tragedy.’ What a dick! Fuck him, he’s an idiot. If he thought he could fly, why didn’t he take off on the ground first? Check it out. You don’t see ducks lined up to catch elevators to fly south—they fly from the ground, ya moron, quit ruining it for everybody. He’s a moron, he’s dead—good, we lost a moron, fuckin’ celebrate. Wow, I just felt the world get lighter. We lost a moron! I don’t mean to sound cold, or cruel, or vicious, but I am, so that’s the way it comes out. Professional help is being sought. How about a positive LSD story? Wouldn’t that be news-worthy, just the once? To base your decision on information rather than scare tactics and superstition and lies? I think it would be news-worthy. ‘Today, a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration. That we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There is no such thing as death, life is only a dream and we’re the imagination of ourselves’ . . . ‘Here’s Tom with the weather.’”- Bill Hicks
8. Steve Jobs
An apple for a company symbol? An I-pad? Just listen to the sounds your mac makes when you put something in the trash or turn up the volume or open Skype. Jobs could not create these cool gadgets/sounds without LSD. The makers of LSD should be getting some Apple profits. Watch a scene from the movie Pirates of Silicon Valley here where Steve gets high.
[LSD] is “one of the two or three most important things I’ve done in my life” – Steve Jobs
9. John Belushi
What do you think when you hear that name? Mess. But Belushi was also an amazing entertainer who starred on SNL, Animal House and any drinking establishment he wasn’t already banned from. Like Chris Farley, Belushi used LSD and used and used again. We’re all lucky we had him when we did.
10. Kevin Smith
The man who was too fat for Southwest Airlines also sparked controversy when reports of his on-set pot smoking habits caused problems for Bruce Willis. A brief online search didn’t turn up much evidence, but word has it Mr. Smith Has Gone To Acid-Washington.
Rumor has it Marshall Mathers came up with his Slim Shady moniker while on LSD.
12. Jack Nicholson
Jack was one of Dr. Oscar Janiger’s test volunteers describing the experience as “a beautiful and eye opening one”.
13. Cary Grant
Another celebrity volunteer for Dr. Oscar Janiger’s test was Cary Grant.
14. Matt Groening
The mind behind the Simpsons and Futurama has allegedly been altered by the psychedelic drug. That might explain his regular cartoon strip, “Life In Hell“.
15. Angelina Jolie
Before Brad and adopting third world babies, Angelina was into a lot of interesting activities. We don’t want to say complete 180, but it seems like two totally different people.
16. Jim Morrison
This shouldn’t come as a shocker. If you do LSD, the Doors is required listening.
17. Francis Crick
Discovered the double helix and gave credit to LSD for paving the way to its discovery.
18. Aldous Huxley
The author of Brave New World experimented with LSD and other psychedelic substances (his essay The Doors Of Perception details a mescaline experience). Was injected with LSD as he died.
19. & 20. Trey Parker & Matt Stone
The South Park creators say their bizarre decision to dress in drag and sashay down the red carpet at the 2000 Oscars was thanks to LSD.
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